Secretarial and support jobs up 19% in the UK year on year

ROBERT WALTERS UK JOBS INDEX – Q2 2017

  • The number of secretarial and support vacancies in the UK rose by 19% in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year.
  • This outstripped the average level of growth across all sectors, which stood at 11%.

The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that secretarial and support vacancies have risen across the UK, with the number of jobs available in the second quarter of 2017 up 19% compared to the same time last year.

Despite uncertainty surrounding the General Election, many businesses continued to expand during the second quarter of this year, driving demand for secretarial and business support professionals to help ensure sustainable growth.

Gill Owen, Manager, comments:

“Demand for secretarial and support professionals has remained strong throughout the second quarter of this year from businesses across a wide range of sectors.”

“In particular, fintech and related firms have enjoyed a period of growth, creating opportunities for secretarial professionals.“

BUSINESS SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS WITH A BROAD SKILL SET HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER

While opportunities are available for business support professionals across a range of specialisms are available, team supports have been in particularly high demand.

For these positions, secretarial professionals who can demonstrate the ability to adapt to a changing workload, including taking on elements of project management, are highly sought after.

Gill Owen continues:

“While businesses are active in recruiting secretarial professionals, cost pressures and changing workplace culture have led them to look for candidates who can demonstrate the ability to take on additional responsibilities.”

“In particular, team support roles have expanded, with candidates needing to be able to demonstrate a broad range of skills including project management.”

“For professionals who can demonstrate these skills, employers are willing to offer generous salary and benefits packages in order to secure top talent.”